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Christian David Silva, 28

Christian David Silva, a 28-year-old Latino, died Saturday, Feb. 22, after he was shot near the intersection of 167th Street and Clarkdale Avenue in Artesia, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner records. 

Silva, a tattoo artist from La Habra, had been visiting a friend's home in Artesia the evening of Feb. 21, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Barry Hall.  

He was driving home alone shortly after midnight when someone on the sidewalk fired into his car, Hall said. The gunfire struck Silva in the head, causing him to lose control of his car, which crashed into a fence at the intersection, Hall said. 

Silva was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead the following afternoon at 2:22 p.m., according to coroner's records. The cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound to the head. 

Investigators don't have a description of the shooter, Hall said. Silva was not involved in a gang, but investigators believe he might have been shot by gang members who mistook him for someone else. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800)  222-8477. 

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